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Access issues inherited from Peak Charles

Going from Perth, there is the longer easy way and the shorter harder way. The former leads through Coolgardie. There are two turnoffs south of Norseman at 55km and 70km (i.e. 120km north of Esperance) and these good all-weather gravel roads rejoin as the Lake King road some 25km further on. 5km past this junction is the turnoff left to Peak Charles. It is another 20km to the peak along a sandy but good two wheel drive road. This takes about 10 hours. Access from the west via Lake Grace and the Lake King road is less certain and better with a 4WD after rain. Bank on taking 8 hours. There is a 24 hour credit card operated petrol station in Lake King. [per CAWA Peak Charles Climbing Guide, 5th ed, Ross Weiter, March 2010]


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Chimney 10m right of Spartacus Flake, follow crack above. Belay (DBB) from top of flake

FA: Ross Weiter & J Gregg, 1997

The very obvious right facing test piece corner on the right side of Spartacus Flake. A classic climb. It loses stars and you lose bits of flesh if you attempt to offwidth the top rather than climb the face. I) 35m, 19R The climb heads up the corner and moves onto face to avoid the off-width crack. The face climbing is a bit run out and exciting. Back into corner and to vegetated ledge and trad belay. The retrofitted double rings are misplaced (too close to sharp edge) and unusable if you value your rope. II) 10m, 17 An unpleasant thrutch through vegetation and up another manky corner to the top of flake and loweroffs: choose between the old slings and more badly placed (high drag) retro ring bolts. Good grief. [per CAWA Peak Charles Climbing Guide, 5th ed, Ross Weiter, March 2010]

FA: P. McKenzie, R. Master & late80s


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